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  • Betty A. Burnett

A Sinner or a Saint - Which One are You?

“We Fall Down, but We Get Up - A Saint is Just a Sinner Who Fell Down?”

· I had planned to post a message from the new series “The Apostate Church” until I heard a song that was sung in a church recently “A Saint is Just a Sinner Who Fell Down”

· Years ago, when I was an associate minister at a church in the south, the leader stopped the choir from singing that song because it was not scripturally correct. It is evident that these people are not studying and rightly dividing the Word of God (2 Timothy 2:15).

“For a saint is just a sinner who fell down But we couldn't stay there And got upThe only way a sinner can get up, is he or she has to born again.

A saint gets up because the Spirit of God who caused him or her to be born again empowers them to get up. For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity (Proverbs 24:16).

· The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand (Psalm 37:23-24).

· When you read about Paul saying he was the chief of sinners, that was prior to him being born again. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life (1 Timothy 1:15-16).

· Paul also said who we once were (past tense). And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11). Although a saint might act like a sinner (carnal), he or she is still a saint. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere [unsaved] men (1 Corinthians 3:3)?

· How can people who say that saints are sinners, witness to others? If that were said to me, I would ask why do I need to be saved if a saint is still a sinner. However, I would say to others, that I still fall into sin, and that’s a big difference. I would also tell them, a Christian is not a perfect person because we are still in these flesh bodies living in a fallen world. Yet, we should mature spiritually, which means to be perfect.

· You cannot be a sinner and a saint at the same time because you can’t have two different natures at the same time. If a pig is washed clean, it will go back to the dirty hog pin because that is the pig’s nature. If you put a cat in a hog pin, it will get out and clean itself, because the cat’s nature is to stay clean. A Christian is not happy when they fall into sin because they have a new nature, but the old habits are still there.

· I don’t believe these particular people are deliberately misleading people as you will find out about the “Apostate Church” I believe some people who are erroneous are sincere, but they are sincerely wrong as any of us can be. This is not to hurt anyone, but it is a warning for all those who are ministering in whatever capacity, whether through songs or the Word of God, to study before publishing anything. Being open to correction shows humility; I admitted being in error with some of my messages.

The truth will set you free ~ Betty A. Burnett

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